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Marlins blast Tampa Bay Rays in final game of Citrus Series

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This time, the Tampa Bay Rays were the bug. The Miami Marlins were the windshield. The Rays were clobbered by the Marlins Sunday after, losing 9-1 in their most lopsided defeat of the year. It was Tampa Bay’s fifth loss in six games, a stretch I which they’ve beeen outscored 37-22. The Rays were 20-19 at one point, but they have fallen to 21-24. “We just got outplayed today,” said manager Kevin Cash. “We got outpitched. We got outhit. They…

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Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council may take on poverty as a regional issue

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A six-county agency has taken the first step to trying a different approach to help needy Tampa Bay neighborhoods. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council unanimously voted Monday to have staff members discuss strategies with a representative of the Rutgers University Business School and its Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. It is unclear when officials are expected to come back to the council with a report or recommendations. “It’s exciting,” said former Pinellas County Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd.…

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U.S. Sugar rolls out sweet new home page

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The Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar Corp. has unveiled a new website, highlighting the work it does to protect the environment in the South Florida lands it plies to satisfy the nation’s sweet tooth. The new site, found at www.USSugar.com, outlines the company’s sugarcane and citrus operations and tells the story of its ongoing efforts to combine innovation and technology with sustainable farming in growing and processing sugarcane, citrus, and sweet corn. The site features aspects titled “Stewardship,” “Green Energy,” and “Phosphorous Reduction”…

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Landmark of Florida citrus industry restored

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One of Florida’s most iconic landmarks has been restored. The giant orange has weathered many of the ups and downs of the state’s citrus industry. The orange came to Lake County in 1971 when the industry was booming and more than 130,000 acres were dedicated to citrus farming. Many roadside citrus stands at the time had a piece of architecture that made each one unique. But as the industry struggled over the years, plagued by canker, greening and freezes, the…

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Florida Supreme Court seeks 24 more judgeships statewide

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The Florida Supreme Court is asking for more judges. The high court on Thursday formally asked the state Legislature for 24 new judgeships across the state. The court is asking for one new circuit judgeship in the central Florida judicial circuit covering Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. The justices say the 5th Judicial Circuit needs an additional judge because caseloads are growing quickly in that region. They also certified the need for 23 new county judgeships in seven…

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Adam Putnam issues ‘agricultural state of emergency’ in Miami over fruit fly infestation

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Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam declared Tuesday an Oriental Fruit Fly infestation in Miami-Dade County rises to the level of an agricultural emergency. “The Oriental Fruit Fly is one of the world’s most destructive pests and poses a significant threat to Florida’s $123 billion agriculture industry and the two million jobs it supports,” said Putnam in a statement. “Miami-Dade County’s agriculture industry is a $1.6 billion industry, and we will use every weapon in our arsenal that’s necessary to…

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USDA sending more money to fight citrus greening

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Federal authorities are sending more money to help fight the citrus greening disease that is threatening Florida’s citrus industry. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday said his agency was offering $23 million for further research on greening. He made the announcement during a visit to an Orlando market that sells a wide range of fresh produce. The funding offer comes on top of another $23 million that was promised to research universities during the last fiscal year. Citrus greening…

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